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Webinar on Changes in the Investor Base for Emerging Market Public Debt: What Has Happened in the Last Decade and What Do We See Going Forward?

November 20, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Description of Topic

Over the last decade, investor preferences for emerging market public debt have changed significantly. A shift in perceptions about developed and emerging market assets and new opportunities in frontier markets contributed to these changes which include increased investment by non-resident investors in emerging market local currency debt.

This webinar will feature a mix of debt managers and investors discussing structural aspects related to changes in the investor base. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: Who are the current investors in emerging market public debt? What are their investment strategies and what are the key factors driving their investment strategies? What aspects of the macroeconomic environment and capital market structures in emerging markets are particularly relevant for investors in their investment decisions? Also, debt managers’ challenges and opportunities of identifying investors, and their investment strategies will be discussed.

This webinar is linked to a main theme of the World Bank Treasury’s Sovereign Debt Management Forum in December 2014. The webinar is open to everyone. For debt managers participating in the Forum, the webinar offers an opportunity to start engaging with other participants and speakers on this topic.

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    Changes in the investor base for emerging market public debt: What has happened in the last decade and what do we see going forward? Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 am Washington, D.C. (U.S. Eastern Time)

    8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Participants are requested to connect to the conference call to ensure a prompt start at 9:00 am.

    9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome and introduction Phillip Anderson, Senior Manager, World Bank Group

    9:05 – 9:20 a.m. Overview of recent trends in the investor base for emerging market public debt Daniela Klingebiel, Principal Portfolio Manager, World Bank Group

    9:20 – 9:35 a.m. Presentation of country case: South Africa Thembi Mda, Senior Analyst, Debt Issuance & Management National Treasury of South Africa

    9:35 – 9:50 a.m. Perspective of an investor in emerging market public debt: investment strategies and drivers for investing in markets Moustapha Abounadi, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income, BNY Mellon

    9:50 – 10:25 a.m. Open discussion among participants and presenters

    10:25 – 10:30 a.m. Wrap-up and closing Rodrigo Cabral, Senior Financial Officer, World Bank Group